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CCOG for DH 250 Winter 2024

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Course Number:
DH 250
Course Title:
Research Methods and Issues in Oral Health
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Course Description

Introduction to epidemiological studies and basic statistics in preparation to critically evaluate evidence-based research of oral health.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  • Differentiate between peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed literature.
  • Use statistical concepts to interpret epidemiologic research.
  • Analyze and determine validity of current research related to oral health issues.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • QuizzesMidterm Exam
  • In Class and Online Continuing Education Assignments
  • Evaluate a research article, identify the validity and provide a written report.
  • Comprehensive final examination

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Epidemiology for oral health
  • Current research
  • Statistical analysis of research data
  • Explore dental indices and identify effectiveness of each

Skills and Competencies

  • Explain how epidemiological studies and research, especially as it relates to oral disease in a population, affects society and the dental profession.
  • Describe a variety of methods of surveying and calculating the caries and periodontal disease status for various populations.
  • Define statistical terminology and discuss how it applies to research.
  • Discuss the importance of evidence-based research and implementation for the future of the dental hygiene profession.